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April 03, 2020 10:10 AM UTC

COVID-19 Tragically Zeroes In On Rep. Ken Buck's Weld County

  • by: Colorado Pols
Rep. Ken Buck, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

9NEWS reported last night that Weld County is being hit very hard by the expanding COVID-19 pandemic, now tied for the most number of deaths in the state so far–a tragic distinction disproportionate to the county’s population:

Weld County is tied for the highest number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19. 16 people have died in the area. The county also has one of the largest number of cases, even though the number of people who live there is far less than other counties.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says there are 329 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Weld County, roughly the same number as El Paso County. The population of Weld County is nearly 400,000 less… [Pols emphasis]

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms now crowd the emergency rooms. Steven Loecke is the Chief Medical Officer for several Banner Health hospitals in Northern Colorado. He says the hospital in Greeley is seeing the most action.

Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic necessarily has enormous political implications, and the response to the outbreak by government authorities from the President of the United States to the smallest municipalities is a principal factor now in every voter’s decisionmaking, even the most partisan political diehards can agree that significant components of the response to the pandemic have been carried out with overwhelming bipartisan agreement–most recently the massive $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to blunt the effects of shutting down large parts of the economy to contain the disease.

With that said, the “resistance” to public health measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmingly come from one political party, Republicans–including President Donald Trump himself until he was belatedly convinced to take the crisis seriously. In Colorado, Rep. Ken Buck, who also serves as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, has enthusiastically led the opposition to the statewide stay-at-home order by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. In Congress, Buck’s repeated votes against the successive coronavirus relief packages–in one case one of only two votes against in the entire chamber–have significantly raised Buck’s national profile, earning him cable news appearances and adulation on the far right.

As readers know, Rep. Ken Buck served as the District Attorney of Weld County before his election to Congress, and Weld County is one of the two population centers of his district along with similarly conservative but more affluent Douglas County.

Folks, we don’t want to spell this out. If we do, some in the chattering class will say it’s “too soon.”

But how can you not connect these dots? And how can the resulting outrage not transcend politics?

These are hard words to write. But to not write them would be the greater disservice to our readers.


25 thoughts on “COVID-19 Tragically Zeroes In On Rep. Ken Buck’s Weld County

  1. Disgusting socialists. He who trades their liberty for security deserves neither! We have destroyed the future of whole generations so Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and Jared Polis can tell us what's best.

    The cure is worse than the disease!! I'd rather risk coronavirus than guarantee the economy is destroyed!! What have we done! The America we know and love is lost I'm afraid……you liberals will hate this future too mark my words!…………

    1. By all means moron.  Risk getting Coronavirus.  Don't expect others to follow your lead. 

      But it's good to know you popped your head up to suggest that people should be willing to die, especially older people.

      Besides, wasn't coronavirus a hoax?  That's what your dear leader told us.

    2. You’d “rather risk coronavirus than guarantee the economy is destroyed”?

      Here’s a hot tip – it’s not an either/or choice. You can have them both – like all the rest of us. Your Dear Leader tried his best to destroy America’s economy and serve it up as Russia’s newest colony, but science is kicking his ass.

      At least the Democrats, led by Pelosi and Schumer, have ensured that 90% of us have a chance of surviving, and that the economy might rebound under the next Democratic President. 

      But an accurate predictor you’re not, Moderatus- here’s what you wrote about Colorado’s legislature and Democratic prospects in 2018:

      How’d that 2018 election work out for you, Moddy?

      1. He's still living in the reality where Cynthia Coffman is Governor and her ex-husband is still in congress and we are much closer to the tyrannical authoritarianism Nutlid craves, because Republicans still have the House.

    3. The lady Nutter doth protest too much, methinks (we missed you on the Pols Zoom meeting this evening).  Perhaps you could take this up with our junior senator? Your Attorney General? 

      Virus power-grab? Trump admin seeks 'sweeping' powers to detain without trial during pandemic

      Attorney General Bill Barr has asked Congress for sweeping powers to detain people “indefinitely without trial” during emergencies, a controversial coronavirus proposal. Former Federal Prosecutor Maya Wiley says the proposal goes “far and beyond any powers” that would logically balance “public safety and the rights of our people” 

    1. Funny.  The last time there were breadlines, a Republican was President and his successor, a Democrat invested in the country to get us out of that situation you describe.  

      Republicans also want people sick and dying.  That's why Trump ignored warnings about COVID-19 for months.

      1. First they come for your last, empty box of Kleenex, . . .  

        . . . then, they come for your last roll of toilet paper, . . .

        . . . “Over my cold, wet underoooooooooos!!!!”

  2. You’d think the dude who lives in Weld County, the richest agricultural county in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, leads the state in the value of agricultural products sold, and is typically in the top ten richest overall nationally – and the largest county in his congressional district- might buy a clue?

    There are over 3,000 farms in Weld County; more than 20% of the farms have annual sales in excess of $100,000.

    Coronavirus hits already struggling US farmers: ‘We’ve stopped saying it can’t get worse’

    U.S farmers have endured a slew of financial hardships over the past few years. 

    The U.S.-China trade war sent scores of farmers out of business.Record flooding inundated farmland and destroyed harvests. And a blistering heat wave stunted crop growth in the Midwest. 

    Now, the coronavirus pandemic has dealt another blow to a vulnerable farm economy, sending crop and livestock prices tumbling and raising concerns about sudden labor shortages.

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